Back in September the husband and I attended an Ameen ceremony for our nephew, however I wasn’t able to post about it earlier since I was busy. Today being Friday, the day that is considered an Eid for Muslims is also a day that most Muslims take time out of their day to attend Jummah namaz/prayer in congregation, and read/listen to the Quran. Thus, I thought today would be a nice reminder on the importance of learning to read the Quran, if you don’t already or trying to make reading the Quran and it’s translation a daily habit. Of course, this is a reminder to myself first since I am guilty of forgetting to do this even though I carry around my cellphone everywhere and it has a great Quran app.
An Ameen/Bismillah ceremony is a celebration for the child who has taken time to learn to read the Quran in Arabic. For most kids this can take a few years to accomplish as this is a class they take concurrent with their regular studies. You have to first learn the Arabic alphabet, then learn how different vowels/accents apply, learn to read Arabic words and then finally learn to read sentences. As the child learns the basics, they are also taught the importance of wuduu, Islamic procedure of washing body parts before prayer and reciting the Quran, and short surah’s for everyday.
The Quran is made up of 30 books/chapters, has exactly 114 surahs, the longest surah is Al-Baqarah (the cow) which consists of 286 ayat/verses, and the shortest are found in the 30th chapter which are usually first to be memorized to be recited in daily prayer.
The Ameen ceremony is a big milestone in a child’s life and is one of the best accomplishments not only for the child but also the parents. The ceremony is thus an encouragement to other children and their parents to enforce the importance of learning to recite the Quran, and to become a life long student of the Quran.
Today more than ever we need to understand the Quran not just read it. We are being questioned about what exactly the Quran say’s but don’t know how to refute misunderstanding. We need to understand the verses that are constantly misquoted and defend the true message of the Quran. I would like to end this post with a quote from an article I read today on MuslimMatters.org called Top Five Misquotations of the Quran.
The Qur’an is a message to humanity that repeats 114 times, “In the Name of God the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful.” The Qur’an instructs Muslims to show goodness to those who do evil (41:34), to speak words of peace to those who are hostile (25:63), to call to the way of God with wisdom and beautiful preaching (16:125), to treat peaceful non-muslims with the utmost kindness and justice (60:8), to be the best of people towards other people (3:110), and to respect freedom of religion (2:256, 10:99). There is simply no plausible way to understand the Qur’an in a manner bereft of mercy, compassion or peace. Any sincere and reasonable person looking at these passages must necessarily recognize that the Qur’an stands for mercy, not for destruction and violence.”
Paki outfit – custom | Earrings – bought from boutique in Devon | Watch – Movado | Bracelet – Swarovski fidelity | Bag – Coach clutch (love this style and this) | Nail polish – Inglot (similar can be found here)
Decor idea & games thought of by my sister-in-law (mother of the nephew), backdrop fabric bought from fabric store, vases from Walmart, table linens rented | All balloon creations were created by my husband and his brother from Tampa, of Celebration Balloon -check out this post for ideas too |
*Any quranic/Islamic mistake or misquotation on this post is that of my own, Ayesha of AnUblog.com. Thus, all is for general purposes only, and to share decorating ideas.